New Songs, Notes
Children of Israel: I wrote this song quickly, giving full rein to emotion. How horrifying to think of the young men and women of Israel giving their lives in a war for which the international community persists in blaming Israel. The IDF are fighting for the very existence of the Jewish state, against an enemy that wants to destroy it – and us. I salute their courage. [See Home page for link]
I owe a debt to the great Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai, from whose work I excerpted two lines that figure, with slight changes, in the song. See Yehuda Amichai, Travels (2001).